Fantastical Friday #13.

Good morning everyone! That sun was just such a beautiful bright orange earlier this morning. Unfortunately that was due to the smoke covering our area because of the forest fires. It was so bad yesterday that at times the sun was completely blocked from view. And because the smoke is so thick it’s keeping our temperatures down. I think we made it to around 68F (20C) yesterday, cool enough for me to wear a jacket. In July. We still have 151 forest fires burning here in the northwest part of our province. The two largest fires are now 379,220 acres, and 422,916 acres in size.

A white admiral butterfly sitting on a mountain maple leaf. From my walk to the river.

But there are many others around 50,000 to 150,000 acres. Yesterday there was also a lot of ash falling, at times it looked like it was snowing there was so much ash coming down. It even came inside and I find it on everything. It’s very dangerous to breathe that ash, and that’s for everyone, but it’s especially bad for people with certain health problems. The sun is shining, but with that odd yellow/orange color to it, and it is getting windy, so that might help clear out the smoke a bit. All the gulls were here for their breakfast early this morning. And the chipmunks, all 9 of them, have sure been busy! No sign of Slim though.

It was smokey at the river the other day.

When he came yesterday he only stayed a short while, ate a couple peanuts and then left again. He must have moved further away, perhaps across the street. Lots of squirrels over there to fight with. Those two new chipmunks are hard to tell apart from each other and from two of the regular chipmunks. But they are friendly anyway. I just need to find a good way to tell them apart. Then I can give them names. But they certainly are a lot of fun, especially having them run all over me. More birds are starting to show up with their young ones, but since I’m not feeding yet they don’t stick around. Grover, my friendly grackle, has come back and he likes peanuts too so he is quite happy. Guess it’s time for more peanuts out there. Happy Friday and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

ยฉ2021 Steve McLeod.

20 Comments on “Fantastical Friday #13.

  1. Some years went like Fire, now 2021 is a fire year ๐Ÿ™„ for Canada๐Ÿคฏ. It’s still burning ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Poor animals, hope not many animals lost in this tragedy. Admiral White Butterfly ๐Ÿ˜‰ nice name, when it already flies, why not we just call it Butter๐Ÿค” we know it flies right, why add that fly unnecessarily ๐Ÿคช Your friendly grackle is back and he loves peanut too, that’s nice, keep feeding, Enjoy the Friday ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿฅณ

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    • Yep, those fires might be burning for a long time yet.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ Smaller animals can’t usually outrun a fire, but larger animals can, normally.
      If we call it butter, people might think it’s something to spread of toast.๐Ÿง‡๐Ÿž๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿงˆ๐Ÿ˜ณ
      It has been a good Friday, warmer than yesterday which is nice.๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ธ

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      • ๐Ÿ˜ฏ big animals, wish I could save them๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Humans are powered to do that right๐Ÿ˜พ and why can’t they ๐Ÿ™„ sigh… the purpose of human is misunderstood a long long ago.. and it will take centuries of another extinction to revive earth, from humans, what you think?

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      • Well, forest fires are a natural way to revitalize the nature, both plants and animals,๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ to keep things growing healthy, even if it doesn’t sound like it’s nice.๐Ÿ˜Ÿ I think we should start building a moon station for people to live, that’s what I think.๐Ÿค”๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿ›ธ

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      • Maybe I will name it Human Zoo ๐Ÿคช so the aliens can have good look at us ๐Ÿ˜ Covid (go for shopping) World is going to end (go for shopping again) lockdown (go for shopping) such strange human most of us are ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Nature works in its own way, and we wanted it to work on our way ๐Ÿ˜‚. Let me talk to Musk Melon to work fast on Mars Project ๐Ÿ˜Ž wait a minute ๐Ÿค” his name is Melon Musk right ๐Ÿค” did I just forgot his name ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ™„ God, I’m forgetting again๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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      • Covid is going to come back again and hit us again and again.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ It’s not done with us yet. That’s just my thoughts which don’t mean anything.๐Ÿ™„ But it’s coming.๐Ÿ˜ณ That’s Elon Musk. He has a good idea, but we should start with the moon,๐ŸŒ™ it’s closer, then go from there to Mars.๐ŸŒ™ That’s just my thoughts which don’t mean anything.๐Ÿ™„ Good night Simon, you should be sleeping now.๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • Yeah, I get what you mean nothing, yeah, nothing, it means nothing. ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ Covid is coming again, for sure, damn virus, is coming again and again, until 100% double triple vaccination is complete๐Ÿ™„ are we really vaccinated with right medicine ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚ I doubt these days๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Good Night Uncle Steve ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฑ

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      • Good night Simon, sleep well, get up early! Unless you want to sleep late, that’s okay too.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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      • if it happens again, what do you call that? I use to raise early ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ณ but not these days, why ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

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  2. You captured the beauty of the photos ! …a sudden storm hit us around 7:20. PM …torrential rain , hail and very strong winds ! Thought the trees would be uprooted ! …rest well Muffin and Steve ! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ˜ป oh ! There was no thunder , no lightening with the storm…strange !

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    • We got hit at 8:32, but we got thunder and lightning with it, heavy rain, but didn’t last long and strong wind tossing the trees around. No hail here. Muffin hid an hour before the storm hit. I don’t think Muffin will sleep much! Have a good night!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™€๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ˜ด

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  3. the western fires do make for spectacular sunsets, at least back here in the Eastern U.S.

    seems like Slim may be trying to take over the whole neighborhood…

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    • Yes, it really does make for good sunsets, and sunrises for us since we are covered with smoke in every direction here. Unfortunately I can’t see them from my apartment.
      I think that’s why Slim keeps disappearing, he’s out expanding his territory and fighting other squirrels. Some squirrels are like that, they are fighters and that’s what they want to do.

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